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Critchleys is an accountancy, financial planning and human resource consultancy firm. Critchleys was founded in Oxford in 1906 and is today placed in the UK's top 100 accountancy and financial planning firms, with a large client base including individuals, trusts, businesses, charities and non profit organisations. Critchleys offers the best of both worlds by combining the expertise of a large firm and the personal service of a local practice.

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Charity Commission's updated finance guidance for trustees

I wonder if this reminder has anything to do with the BBC programme on Kids Company which is due to air next Wednesday? It is fair to say...

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Doing a runner might not work

If you owe UK tax, you might think that leaving the UK makes it difficult to collect. Maybe, but the USA seems to be prepared to collect...

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Next Chief Exec of HMRC?

Too bad, I fancied applying for that job myself!

An online petition has been signed by more than 140,000 people backing Steve Lewis, the former army officer from the town of Crickhowell...…

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Abolition of Income Tax

... but not in the UK

Antigua and Barbuda's government will abolish personal income tax on 1 April this year.

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Recently divorced?

Then the settlement may be wrong!

Thousands of divorce settlements affected by English courts' software error At least 3,600 divorce settlements were affected by the...…

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Tax avoidance goes high-profile again

This time it's Google, or course

A former Google executive who blew the whistle on the company's tax avoidance scheme has described its £130million deal with HMRC as...…

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Bizarre tax return claims

HMRC has revealed the top five most outrageous personal expenses claims in 2013-14. 

There is less than one week to go until the 31...

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Toy Fair: Scalextric among retro toys tipped to drive growth

The toy industry expects re-launches of retro toys, including the 1970s Stretch Armstrong, to help drive sales growth

Retro toys with a new twist are being tipped at this year's UK Toy Fair to sustain industry growth in 2016.The British Toy and Hobby...…

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Tesco knowingly delayed payments to suppliers

Shares in Tesco rose almost 1% to 157.1p in afternoon trading London. The stock has fallen more than 30% over the past 12 months.

Tesco "knowingly delayed paying money to suppliers in order to improve its own financial position", the supermarket ombudsman has found.

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Google tax deal - now it gets political

The tech firm faced a barrage of criticism when it was revealed it paid £4,000 in corporation tax, in 2014.

So, we have had a morning of political reaction to Google's tax deal with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which the BBC led on...…

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Charity trustees must take responsibility for fundraising

This report is described as the last chance for trustees to improve the reputation of charity fundraising. I suspect it is aimed at...

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Shares up as global stock market rally continues

Stock markets had dived earlier in the week as investors fretted over falling oil prices and prospects for China's economy.

Global stock markets have rallied for a second day, boosted by rising oil prices and hopes of more stimulus measures from central banks.

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More pension changes on the way?

There's still discussion about whether we are due another pension tax reform, since it's several months since the last one. The rate of...

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Barclays to cut 1,200 investment banking jobs worldwide

The changes are the first big move by Barclays' new chief executive, James "Jes" Staley, to cut costs.

Barclays is to cut about 1,200 jobs, most of them in its investment banking business in Asia. The BBC understands the bank plans to close...…

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Small firms miss their Auto Enrolment deadlines

Ignorance of Auto enrolment is no defence as the Pensions Regulator issues more fines for non-compliance to small firms.  

Over the three months to September, the latest period for which data is available, the Pension Regulator issued 469 compliance notices to...…

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Some people are paying too much tax!

But not me!

To be fair, some of the tax savings involve things like pension contributions. Great, but not everyone feels they can afford...

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Iran: Business eyes new opportunities

The potential for growth and profits will be hard to resist. But it could be a big problem, commercial and labour laws are outdated and...

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Britain's steel industry: What's going wrong?

The industry is clear what it needs: lower business rates, a relaxation of carbon emissions targets for heavy manufacturers, more...

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China growth: The difference 0.1% can make

China depended far too much on exports for growth, and in turn Asian countries depended far too much on China for growth.

Let's not kid ourselves. For all the naysayers out there, China's economic rise over the last three decades or so is nothing short of...…

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Penalties for receiving a gift

If you give assets away while you are alive, and don't survive 7 years, the gifts are still in your estate. But what if the administrator...

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Updated guidance

Landlord have a whole pile of obligations to check tenants aren't illegal immigrants. The guidance to them has been updated.

Right to rent immigration checks: landlords' code of practice

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Homebase bought by Australia's Wesfarmers for £340m

It's likely that Wesfarmers will use its existing supply deals for its UK Bunnings stores, which could mean more competitively priced...

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Buy-to-let changes already biting?

New rules for buy-to-let will restrict interest relief. There will also be Stamp duty Land Tax changes, but they won't hit existing...

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How much will the National Living Wage cost you?

A national living wage of £7.20 per hour for employees over 25 will come into force in April 2016.  If you have employees on national...

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HMRC's online forms aren't reliable

We submit tax returns etc using proprietary software, but lots of people do their own returns using HMRC's own website. It's looking like...

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Bank of England adds to global gloom

There's a frying pan - the global growth slowdown - and a fire - high levels of indebtedness - out there.

The problem is, neither are very...

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Bank of England votes 8-1 to hold rates at 0.5%

UK interest rates have been left unchanged again at 0.5% by the Bank of England's rate-setters.

Isn't it about time thing change!

Eight of the nine rate-setters on the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted for no change, with one voting for a rise.The Bank rate has...…

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Babies and bathwater

International tax evasion has got a lot of press, and HMRC have backed new legislation that will penalise those who dodge tax on offshore...

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Sainsbury's may shut 200 Argos stores in HRG takeover

After a 0.4% fall in like-for-like sales over the Christmas period, Sainsbury's try to ease investors' concerns, by saying a takeover was...

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Changes at the top of HMRC

Imagine being driven out with a mere £2.2m pension pot.

The trouble is that HMRC is so opaque that it's not easy to see whether she's done...

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Iran prepares to open the oil pumps

This may be one of the most important dates of the year for the global economy, alongside its major diplomatic and political significance.

It is not the sexiest of titles. "Implementation day" refers to the date when Iran can start providing oil once again to the world...…

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Millions of bank customers face increase in fees

From Monday, monthly charges on the Santander 123 account - held by 3.6 million people - will more than double.

With other banks offering...

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Productivity better in bigger companies

Where are you and your business on the sliding scales of productivity? 

Productivity is better in bigger firms, according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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The "cost" of tax breaks

They've worked out what some tax reliefs cost. Trouble is you can't simply raise taxes by getting rid of them. If we had to pay tax when...

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Are you ready for Auto enrolment of Pensions?

Have you made a New Year Resolution to sort out your Auto enrolment of pensions?   Don't leave it too long as we have over 100 clients...

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Warnings of 'dangerous cocktail' of economic risks

There are a number of issues to face over the next year and Mr Osborne needs to tread carefully!

George Osborne has re-found his gloomy boots. After a relatively positive Autumn Statement, in which the Chancellor said that the UK was...…

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More new "dividend" rules?

Liquidating companies gets the money in them out as a capital gain, and people often do that to avoid paying dividends. The rules may...

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New travel rules may cause hardship

The rules on what workers can claim for travel and subsistence are set to change. The idea is to stop certain workers getting tax relief...

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Treasury making moves to offload part of B&B

The Treasury was preparing to offload part of former mortgage lender Bradford & Bingley in what could be the biggest ever sale of finance...

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UK service sector growth is still 'Solid'.

A figure above 50 indicates growth in the sector. Lets hope this delicate position can be maintained, especially as the manufacturing...

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Yeah, right!

HMRC are saying the new digital filing which will require quarterly updates won't be as burdensome as tax returns. And they've never been...

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What is going on in UK manufacturing

Manufacturing accounts for about 10% of the output of the UK economy and it has been a tough few weeks!

Where are we going wrong?

In the last decade, manufacturing grew gradually from 2005 to 2008, at which point it took a dive in the financial crisis in common with...…

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Touchingly optimistic!

So, some landlords are going to challenge George Osborne's plan to limit tax relief on interest on buy-to-lets. I find the idea of...

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A quarter of one percent

Food for thought with regards to how the interest rates in the US might effect the UK and indeed the world.

After nearly a decade of what has been, essentially, a global economic effort - and experiment - to save the world from financial...…

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2015 was the best!

Happy New Year 2016. Evidently, 2015 was a happy year for HMRC, although that may be down partly to a selective memory.

HMRC lampooned for hailing 'best year ever' despite fierce criticism over performance The Government's tax collecting department...…

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